ANSI Accreditation Awarded to CISA and CISM Certifications

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (22 September 2005)—The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has awarded accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 to the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification programs offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Accreditation by ANSI signifies that ISACA’s procedures meet ANSI’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process. To maintain ANSI accreditation, certification bodies such as ISACA are required to consistently adhere to a set of requirements or procedures related to quality, openness and due process.

“Achieving ANSI accreditation is a major undertaking and maintaining it requires annual reports and onsite assessment,” said Roy A. Swift, Ph.D., program director, ANSI. “Professionals holding or planning to achieve CISA and CISM can be sure these certifications meet ANSI’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus and other due process safeguards. ISACA can be very proud of this accomplishment.”

The CISA designation has been a globally accepted standard of achievement in the information systems (IS) audit, control and security field since 1978, and has been recognized by many governments and major business groups around the world. More than 40,000 people have attained the CISA certification since inception. The CISA exam achieved record-breaking registration for the 12th consecutive year in 2005—creating the first-ever need for two exams to be administered in one year. Worldwide, more than 19,000 professionals registered for the June 2005 CISA exam, a 40 percent increase from 2004. The next CISA exam is scheduled for 10 December 2005.

Designed for experienced information security managers, the CISM designation is a groundbreaking credential earned by more than 5,200 professionals in its first two years. More than 1,500 professionals registered for the June 2005 CISM exam, a 125 percent increase from 2004. A recent study by the Foote Partners LLC named CISM one of the “hot” certifications to watch over the next 12 months.

“We look at what’s important to firms, and [CISM] matches perfectly,” said David Foote, president and chief research officer, in the 9 November 2004 edition of SC Magazine.

About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, nonprofit organization that administers and coordinates the US voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its mission is to enhance both the global competitiveness of US business and the US quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems, and safeguarding their integrity.


With more than 47,000 members who live and work in more than 140 countries, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association® (ISACA®) ( is a recognized worldwide leader in IT governance, control, security and assurance. Founded in 1969, ISACA sponsors international conferences, publishes the Information Systems Control Journal®, develops international information systems auditing and control standards, and administers the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditorâ„? (CISA®) designation, earned by more than 40,000 professionals since inception, and the Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®) designation, a groundbreaking credential earned by 5,200 professionals.

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